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Easy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe

Easy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe

A few years ago, I saw a man in the grocery store buying a big bag full of jalapeno peppers. I asked him what he intended to do with them, and he shared this recipe with me right there in the store! —Janice Montiverdi, Sugar Land, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 5 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 24 medium fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. In a large saucepan, boil peppers in water for 5-10 minutes (the longer you boil the peppers, the milder they become). Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls into each jalapeno; sprinkle with bacon.
  • 3. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 3-5 minutes or until filling is warmed. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 141 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

Reviews for Easy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

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yankeenana User ID: 8675120 240185
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"I only boiled them for about 3 minutes -- I wanted them to still have that jalapeno bite. I chopped some jalapenos (in a jar) and added this to the cream cheese mixture. Got the spice back into them. Next time, I'll try this without boiling them at all. Easy recipe."

Michael447 User ID: 8482816 231151
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"Tasty recipe, but I don't recommend boiling them. It isn't needed. I used very hot peppers: I tasted one raw, and it set my mouth on fire, and I have a very high tolerance for spicy. Simply baking them reduced the heat to a very tolerable level. Boiling would ruin them, by removing all bite, and making them mushy, IMO. The recommendation to wear gloves is spot on, though. I didn't, and even after a thorough hand washing, I touched my face and it burned for about an hour."

Varnelle User ID: 8014218 221041
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Cooked peppers less than 5 min. Were very mild. Like them very much."

gjdacus User ID: 8237733 219773
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"I thought the peppers were too mushy and weren't hot at all. Why even use jalapenos if you take all the flavor out of them, use a green pepper if that's what you want. I may try again without boiling first and see if it keeps the peppers firmer and tastier."

Sdausel User ID: 4152982 219574
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"This is my new favorite jalapeno popper recipe. I love how boiling the jalapenos for just a few minutes really tones down the heat. I have tried charring them in the past but this works best for me. Thanks for posting this recipe."

cherc7749 User ID: 2420258 219488
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"Tried these for Super Bowl VERY GOOD!! I doubled the recipe and did a bag of the little sweet peppers for those who don't like Jalape?os. They were great!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4485235 219455
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"LadyTippi.. Try Bragg liquid aminos, unless you are allergic to all soy products. This product is gluten-free, non-fermented and contains no preservatives. wonderful taste. Also can spray on salad greens for a great salad. You can get his at supermarkets and health food stores."

carollauret User ID: 8116076 219434
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"These are really good a Texas favorite"

debalex User ID: 3040290 219430
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Mix cream cheese, chopped bacon pieces, cheddar cheese, brown sugar and chili powder. Bake or grill and enjoy!"

LadyTippi User ID: 7315106 219418
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"I haven't tried this yet. I am allergic to Worcester and also Soy Sauce which somebody in the reviews used so need to substitute. Any suggestions? I will rate according to how good it sounds and looks."

horseloverforlife778 User ID: 8004114 219393
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"This recipe is one of my favorite's. I like getting large Jalapenos so that I can add chorizo as well."

Iloveflorida User ID: 7989929 219390
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"You don't need any gloves when handling hot peppers. They don't work anyway. After years of making my Grandpa's Hot Mushroom & chicken Gizzard recipe and going thru many hot peppers, I found stainless steel soap at Bed Bath & Beyond or Home Goods. It looks like a small bar of soap and is made out of stainless steel. Just rinse your hands under running water rubbing the "soap" for 30 seconds. It removes garlic, and onion flavors too. But definitely removes almost all the hot pepper juice. Very reasonably priced too."

Philippa User ID: 7526025 64424
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"I omitted grated cheese, did not boil the peppers and placed bacon on top. Found best way to remove seeds and membrane was to use the handle end of a teaspoon. Ideally need surgical gloves, mask and goggles! Then I used a piping bag to insert cream cheese and put in oven at 350 for 20 mins. Mmmmmmmm"

lorstout User ID: 2537668 133112
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012 Edited Nov. 4, 2013

"I did not boil the peppers, but grilled them after stuffing. They were great!"

dbowland User ID: 1117704 154423
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"These made a wonderful snack. Be careful not to boil them too long if you want them to look nice and firm as an appetizer."

sfarrell1007 User ID: 2159003 102215
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"I added cooked, crumbled pork sausage to the cream cheese mixture, and omitted the bacon. Awesome!"

Trilby Yost User ID: 5195621 66016
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2010

"I wish ToH would quit changing the long-familiar photographs as I, with an in-a-hurry glance, almost didn't recognize this recipe as one that I have made several times and like very much."

stumpyiam User ID: 1071900 150117
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"These things are to die for!!! I made them as a side dish for dinner tonight (obviously I cut the recipe way down), and my husband and I just loved them. I had to use soy sauce instead of the Worcestershire because I was out, but they were still delicious. I had 7 jalapenos. I ate three halves, and my husband polished off the rest. Definitely a keeper!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 253817 64415
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"Wonderful! These were very tasty as the recipe called with 10 minutes boil time. The next time I will boil for less and hopefully that will make it a bit zippier. Husband wants them tomorrow too!"

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 64412
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"I have made this twice and both times everyone has asked for the recipe. I wrap each pepper with a half piece of uncooked bacon. Cook time is a little longer about 25-30 mins. Just cook until bacon is done. The bacon grease its into the cheese good! Also I don't boil the peppers since I'm cooking them longer."

gerilynN User ID: 2830625 133198
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2008


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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.